News Roberts in 2009; he spoke vigorously in the House of Lords on Welsh affairs

Conservative who served Welsh interests for nearly 30 years despite the indifference and hostility of his own party

Mitchell Johnson

The Light Roller: This one-day series needs some sparkle

Diary of a cricket obsessive

Ashes 2013: James Anderson hopeful that Kevin Pietersen will be fit for third Test in his recovery from a calf strain

The batsman was forced out of the remainder of the second Test but Anderson is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be fit for the Old Trafford clash next week

Andy Flower has given his full support to Stuart Broad after his refusal to walk when he edged a ball to slip and was given not-out

Ashes 2013: Andy Flower refuses to be critical of Stuart Broad for not walking

England’s head coach insists teams now wait for umpire’s decision after controversy in first Ashes Test

4 August 1975: Streaker Michael Angelow during Ashes Tests at Lords

Exclusive: We track down Britain’s first sporting streaker - and he's planning a return to Lord’s

But Michael Angelow is a 62-year-old grandfather now and has turned down The Duckworth Lewis Method's request for a repeat performance

The Authors XI, by The Authors Cricket Club

It could all have gone terribly wrong.

Kevin Pieterson may miss out on the first test should he fail to recover from injury

Kevin Pieterson unsure on Ashes fitness due to on-going injury problems

England batsman may miss the start of this Summer's Ashes series as he continues to recover from a knee injury

Kevin Pietersen: The batsman was spoken to by the referee in the Mohali airport toilets

Will England miss Kevin Pietersen?

The batsman has been ruled out of the final Test against New Zealand, and is a concern for the Ashes

Poll: As two women are selected for Sussex County cricket team, should all sport be gender blind?

Cricket, a sport with a gender-bias rap sheet almost as long as golf, has taken a landmark step towards greater equality between the sexes after it was revealed that two of the successful England women's team will play for Sussex County's second string in the 2013 season. This might in turn lead to female cricketers competing at the highest level of the men's game, a development Clare Connor, former England captain, called "not beyond the realms of possibility".

A G4S security guard

London 2012: G4S security guard accused of spitting at soldier and calling him 'baby killer' at Olympic archery event

Security guard alleged to have abused soldier in an apparent reference to his service in Afghanistan after the member of 35 Engineers asked to search him.

Dilshan misses out on double-ton at Lords

Sri Lanka 372-3 v England 486 all out

DVD: From The Ashes (E)

Back when the Somerset all-rounder Ian "Beefy" Botham walloped the Aussies single-handed (with a bit of help from a hairy Bob Willis) in this bombastic but gripping look (from the same director, James Erskine, who made the similarly stirring documentary about the 1990 World Cup One Night in Turin, Gazza's tears etc) at the giddy 1981 Ashes.

Stanford trial delayed over mental health fears

The trial of the brash cricket lover and former financier Allen Stanford, which was scheduled to begin this month, has been delayed indefinitely by a Texas judge in the wake of fresh and disturbing questions about the deterioration of Stanford's mental and physical health in the 18 months he has already spent behind bars.

Labour hits out over attempts to 'fix' Parliament

David Cameron and Nick Clegg came under ferocious attack from Labour last night for attempting to "fix" Parliament in the favour of the coalition parties.

The Great Outsider: David Lloyd George by Roy Hattersley

Protean is a grandiose word for reviewers to avoid; "variable, versatile, taking various forms", says the Concise Oxford. But consider David Lloyd George: nearly beaten to death for denouncing the South African adventure and Man Who Won the War; anti-imperialist and snapper-up of territorial bargains in 1919; Home Ruler and sender-in of the Black-and-Tans; land nationaliser and Surrey proprietor; Welsh Nonconformist and round-the-wicket adulterer; admirer of Keynes, admirer of Hitler; scorner of the Lords and Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor. "Protean" hardly says it.

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